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73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... Read More

NTSB: Deadly 2016 Tuscaloosa Airplane Crash Caused by ‘Fuel Starvation’

An airplane crash that killed six people near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 2016 was caused by the pilot’s mismanagement of the aircraft’s fuel supply system, federal investigators said. Three couples were returning home to Oxford, Mississippi, from a dental seminar in Florida when the twin-engine Piper crashed just a few hundred feet from the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport runway Aug. 14, 2016. All six people aboard the plane were killed at the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the airplane crash and said in its final report that the airplane was serviced to capacity with fuel before its flight, enough ... Read More

Contractor fined for subjecting employees to fall hazards

Omar Garcia, a framing contractor based out of Auburn, Alabama, has been cited by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for subjecting its employees to eye safety and fall hazards. Omar Garcia faces projected penalties of just over $113,000. The company was working on a project in Pike Road, Alabama when it was observed that some of the employees were performing framework in a residential area with a complete lack of fall protection. Following this observation, OSHA opened an investigation into the company to determine whether this was the only regulation it was neglecting. ... Read More

Fiberglass manufacturer cited for workplace safety hazards

RPS Composites Alabama, Inc., a fiberglass pipe manufacturer based out of Mobile, Alabama, received multiple citations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations of workplace safety regulations that led directly to an amputation of an employee’s finger. The company now faces projected penalties of $74,833. Following the reported incident in which an employee suffered a finger amputation, OSHA opened an investigation to determine why this happened and whether it could have been prevented. During the investigation, OSHA inspectors found that the employee’s hand that had a safety glove on it got caught in ... Read More

OSHA: employee death at plastics manufacturer was ‘preventable tragedy’

ABC Polymer Industries LLC, a plastics manufacturer based out of Helena, Alabama, was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) when one of its employees died on the job. The worker was pulled in the company’s plastics recycling machine in August 2017. The agency says this unfortunate disaster was the result of the lack of compliance to the workplace safety regulations put in place by OSHA to prevent incidents such as this. The company is now facing $195,144 in projected fines and penalties. Following this tragedy, OSHA began an investigation to determine whether the incident was preventable and ... Read More

Dozens of Rare Ocular Melanoma Cases Have Auburn University Link

Statistically, cities the size of Auburn, Alabama; and Huntersville, North Carolina, shouldn’t have any cases of ocular melanoma among their population, yet more than 50 people in just those two cities have been diagnosed with the rare form of eye cancer, baffling physicians. Auburn University graduate Juleigh Green told CBS News that she was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2001 when she was 27 years old. Then two of her college friends, Allyson Allred and Ashley McCrary, received the same diagnosis. Another Auburn grad, Lori Lee, didn’t know the others in her college days, but she, too, was diagnosed with ... Read More

Mother Sues For Teen Injured in Alabama Bus Crash

The mother of a teen severely injured in a March 13 bus crash near Mobile, Alabama, has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the charter bus company. The First Class Tours bus was transporting 46 passengers, mostly members of the Channelview High School band, home to the Houston area after a performance at Disney World when it plunged 50 feet down a ravine and flipped onto its side. The bus crash killed the bus driver and sent all of the 40 students and six adults to the hospital with injuries. According to the Houston Chronicle, the mother suing First Class ... Read More

Lawsuits claim diabetes drug Invokana caused leg amputations

Two men have filed lawsuits in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division in Middlesex County against Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals alleging the company’s type 2 diabetes drug Invokana caused them to have their legs amputated. Robert E. Shook, 60, of Alabama claims that he had to undergo below-knee, left foot and left leg amputations after taking Invokana. Michael A. Wilkinson, 53, of Iowa, alleges he had to undergo right leg and below-knee amputations after using the drug. Both men have since stopped taking Invokana. The lawsuits claim that Janssen failed to warn doctors and patients that ... Read More

Flavored ice pops recalled due to listeria scare

Warmer weather is popsicle weather, but buyer beware. The Ziegenfelder Company is recalling about 3,000 cases of its Budget $saver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because they may be tainted with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term woes like fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, but the illness can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions. No illnesses or incidents involving the possibly ... Read More

Beasley Allen files opioid lawsuits on behalf of more AL cities, counties

Beasley Allen Law Firm has filed additional lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers on behalf of two Alabama cities and two Alabama counties. The lawsuits blame opioid makers and distributors of creating an opioid epidemic, a public health and safety crisis that is financially burdening communities and killing citizens. The lawsuits were filed in April on behalf of the cities of Tuskegee and Weaver, as well as Henry County and Cleburne County. Beasley Allen has filed similar lawsuits on behalf of other Alabama municipalities and counties, as well as governmental entities in several other states including Tennessee and ... Read More